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A day of Diamond Discovery with Shimansky.

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First sighted in India in 2500 BC before being decoratively used in 320 BC, these earthly treasures have come a long way from the rough forms and gems they were first discovered and used as to the finely crafted symbols of love and statuses of wealth they now are. First cut in 1330 and worn as symbols of wealth for royalty, it was in 1867 when the first diamond was discovered here in our beautiful South Africa that a 15 year old boy, Erasmus Jacobs found our first diamond, The Eureka.

Perfection in the form of Shimansky craftmanship, design and earthly treasures.

South Africa?s Diamond History.

Staring at the exquisite R300 000 diamond ring on my finger, I am completely mesmerized by the multi-faceted brilliance of this creation. Whilst it comes from the earth, it takes diamond cutters a few years to qualify to be able to handle diamonds and to bring out its best form with diamond dust and oil. There is a fair amount of sacrifice involved as for every 1 carat in a diamond, 1 carat of diamond dust is used.

Wondering around the Cape Town Diamond Museum beside the Shimansky store in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, I take a glimpse of the miner?s hats, overalls and a very well air-conditioned mine shaft created to give us some idea of what the earlier mines may have looked like in the mining capital of Kimberly in South Africa?s Northern Cape.

The absolute awe and allure diamonds have and still hold for women since the beginning of time.
Then owned by the British government, tiny bits of mining land were leased to those who could afford it to mine diamonds for themselves for which they were liable to pay taxes. I glance at names and faces such as Cecil John Rhodes and Barney Barnato who were in charge of the excavations until the end of the 1880?s. The Oppenheimers and De Beers families feature there too for their role in diamond industry and for bringing diamonds to the world.

The skill and craftmanship to cut and craft diamonds is a skill honed and developed over many years ( even before qualification).

The fascinating history of the diamond mining industry and first diamond discoveries can be seen in the museum when visiting Shimansky at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

Book your free diamond tour at the Cape Town Diamond Museum here: capetowndiamondmuseum.org

A helicopter ride along the coast.

Our day of diamond discovery did not begin at the diamond museum but true to Shimansky form, it began with a helicopter ride along our magnificent Atlantic seaboard and to the Constantia Winelands. We glided over the ocean past Table Mountain, the wealthiest suburbs of the city, the powder-white beaches of Clifton, past the undulating Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, over Llaunduno beach ( my favourite) and cut back in toward the land before Chapman?s Peak.

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